Any seasoned angler will know his way around his fish hooks. There are so many different types that the common man may just get dizzy from learning about all of them. Today, we’re going to help make things a lot simpler for you. You might think, “What’s with all the types? Isn’t one enough?” Well, it’s not and believe it or not, each type targets a different
fish. But, first, let’s go through the basic, the hook size and hook material.
Okay, for the first-timers, this might seem a little weird, but with fish hooks, the size of the hooks get smaller as the numbers get bigger. Let’s say you have a size 8 hook, that’s going to be a lot bigger than a size 30 hook. The sizes move up in multiples of two, with the exception of size 1. So, the sizes would be 1/0, 2/0, 4/0, 6/0 and so on. This system is known as the aughts measurement system because the zero in the sizes are pronounced, aught, just like in the old days. However, lesser attention is paid to the standardization of the sizes so one type of hook of the same size may differ from another hook of a different type.
Hooks are commonly made from stainless steel or pure iron. Hooks designed specifically for saltwater fishing are usually made from rust-proof material and those that work well in freshwater settings do not necessarily have to be rust-resistant. This is because the salt content in saltwater quickly corrodes that metal due to chemical reactions and over time,
layers are exposed to air, causing rusting. There are also hooks made from alloys with specific ratios to give them enhanced durability and reduces the chances of them bending when you have a giant catch.
Now that that’s out of the way, we can focus on the main bit, decoding the different types of hooks available in your local fishing store. Like we’ve said before, the different hooks help you catch different types of fish. Let’s take a closer look at the following types of fishing hooks, which are popular amongst the fishing community:
Bait hooks are the most basic of the hooks and they come in a variety of styles and sizes. These hooks are basically a J-shaped hook, usually with a barb at the end of it that serves to hold the bait and also to hook the fish by the cartilage around the mouth area. The barb helps the hook to grip on to the fish and prevents it from getting away as you pull it up to the surface. Bait hooks with longer shanks are usually used to help younger anglers to fish while the shorter shanks are used to make snell knot, which help angle the fishing line with the shank.
Circle hooks, as the name suggests, are hooks that seem somewhat circular in shape in comparison to the other hooks. These bad boys are used mainly for purpose of fishing with live bait and it also helps prevent gut hooking fishes. Using this type of hook also increases your chances of catching some fish.
The uniqueness of this hook lies in the fact that the round shape
helps it to easily slide out of the throat of the fish and the position of then barb is such that it doesn’t catch the mouth of the fish until it reaches the corner of it. Once attached, the hook shape acts as a pivot that holds the hook in place as you reel your catch in. With this type of hook, it’s best to apply a steady force and just crank down.
Treble hooks are those hooks that look like the top of a coat hanger. This type of hook has a main shaft that splits into three
different barbs. The treble hook helps an angler gain the most coverage, especially when they’re working with artificial bait and lures. Some anglers use the treble hooks with live bait like minnows to catch namely salmon and trout.
Siwash hooks have a notoriously straight eye and a long shank. This helps them position well with the lures. These hooks are used commonly on spinnerbaits, which are a single hook bait. Siwash hooks are also an excellent replacement for spoons and treble hooks, especially in fishing zones with limits on the hook points per lure. It’s probably the best alternative for a treble hook when fishing with hard bait in such zones with
limits on hook points.
Aberdeen hooks usually lightweight because they are commonly made out of light wire and appear thinner than the other hooks. These hooks are great for bait fishing and the baits hook onto the thin frames with minimal damage. This helps the bait look pretty much the way it’s supposed to look and helps trick your catch into falling for your bait. It works best with live bait, especially when freshwater fishing. The thin nature of the hook can cause it to get snagged at times, but with light pressure, the hook bends and you can easily release it from whatever knot it’s gotten itself into.
Octopus hooks are not to be confused with the treble hook, just because it has more legs and looks more like an octopus than an actual octopus hook. These guys have a single shaft and barb but the shaft curves in a way that resembles an octopus’ tentacle, hence its name. The octopus hook has a
short shaft with a somewhat circular bend and are also common in bait fishing, especially when times call for baits that need to seem natural to the prospect
catch. It’s light weight and small size helps it remain obscure behind the bait or lure itself. This type of hook also has a variation called mosquito hooks.
Worm hooks are called worm hooks because, yeah, they look like worms themselves. These hooks are known for having strong penetrating power and also have lasting durability. Variations of this are many and all of them work well with soft plastic baits. These hooks come with ample space for the hook to set in the lip of the fish and it also has a characteristic bend
towards the end of the shaft that helps set the hook and secure your catch.
Jig hooks are used most commonly with, you’ve guessed it, jigs. These hooks were designed specifically to complement the jig molds and can be used for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. These fishing hooks are also known as offset shank hooks.
Certainly, having a fish finder will significantly enhance your chances of getting that great catch. However, making your mind on which one to buy depends hugely on your demand and the level of experience. In case you are a starter, I would recommend that you avoid choosing the high-end types.
On the same note, if a fishing enthusiast, I would not recommend that you go for the cheaper models only for the purpose of saving money. You should focus a bit on a fish finder that will give you a good start and experience that will make you an expert in fishing.
Robert is a professional fisherman and his hobby is fishing! He has been fishing for the last 15+ years. Based on his experiences with different types of fishing equipment, he has decided to share his opinion about various fishing accessories so that beginners can get started the right away. Enjoy reading!